Answering an earthshaking call


New Zealand we need you to have our backs. Aside from practical support which we thank you for, we need you to understand how draining and anxiety-causing these aftershocks are. We need you to give us your strength, kindness and support to help us get through this anxiety-ridden time.

The appeal comes from Christchurch Press reporter and mother of four Vicki Anderson in a moving account of yesterday’s disastrous earthquake.

There are a number of things we, in Tamahere and the Waikato, can do to answer her call.

We can donate here to the Red Cross. Or if the Red Cross website continues to be overloaded send cheques by mail to New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal, Freepost 232690, PO Box 12140, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.

Banks are providing account numbers online and at their branches where donations can be made to the helping agencies – Red Cross, the Salvation Army, a Mayoral appeal.

District council offices are also acting as collection points for a joint fund.

Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group chairman Hugh Vercoe, the mayor of Matamata-Piako District Council, has also suggested that people in the Waikato make available, for up to a month, holiday homes or other accommodation that could be used to temporarily house people made homeless by the quake.

“We are keen to offer our fellow New Zealanders in Christchurch the sorts of practical assistance they need to cope with yet another tragedy,” said Mr Vercoe.

People offering accommodation should contact their local council offices or click here to email the local Civil Defence office.

Update: Click here for the TradeMe earthquake support page.

Locally, Red Cherry Cafe is selling handy and versatile coffee sacks for $20 each, with all proceeds going to the earthquake appeal. Red Cherry is on the corner of SH1 and Forest Rd.

Other useful links, including a people finder, can be found by clicking here.

St Stephen’s Church at Tamahere is open today (Wednesday) should you need a place for prayer and reflection for those affected by the Christchurch earthquake.

If you have ideas to help Cantabrians or any thoughts or comments about the earthquake please feel free to share them here.

2 thoughts on “Answering an earthshaking call

  • February 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    The response I had from emailing Civil Defence regarding offering accomodation was that it was not needed at this time. However you can list free accommodation for Christchurch people on TradeMe. So that’s another option for those that want to offer holiday homes etc.

    • February 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks for that update, Sarah. I’ve added in a link to TradeMe in the above post.


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